North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC) has established Shilpgram- the Artisans
Village at Panjabari, Guwahati. This Complex was inaugurated by the Hon’ble
Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh on January 17, 2006.
up of a Shilpgram for providing marketing facilities to the indigenous artisans
of the region was one of the main objectives of the NEZCC. This long desired
goal has been achieved with the Ministry of Culture, Government of India
sanctioning the setting up of a Shilpgram under the aegis of North East Zone
Cultural Centre. The Northeast of India is home to a large number of tribes and
sub-tribes each having its own dynamic craft tradition. This is reflected in
the beauty and variety of the various crafts products of Northeast India.
concept of NEZCC Shilpgram (Crafts Village) visualizes a common platform to
showcase the culture, traditions and crafts of the Member-State of the NEZCC
and also to provide a permanent interactive and facilitative environment for
the Craftsmen of the region to share, display and improve upon their skills
through workshops, classes and seminars.
NEZCC decided to establish the Shilpgram at Guwahati, in view of the market
potentialities available in the city. The NEZCC Shilpgram is strategically
located next to the Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra at Panjabari, Guwahati,
which attracts large domestic and international tourist and visitors.
North East Zone Cultural Centre Shilpgram has been set up at Panjabari, Guwahati.
The complex has 45 (forty five) permanent stalls for exhibition-cum-sale of
crafts items, 8 (eight) pavilions which function as mini museums by displaying
the arts & crafts of the respective State, eight food stalls for sales and
promotion of traditional food, one dormitory with a capacity to accommodate 150
artistes, an Indoor A/C Auditorium and Open Air Stage and a Guest House with 6
rooms and Children’s Park.
NEZCC Shilpgram organizes crafts melas by providing available space at nominal
rent. Cultural shows are also organized by inviting various artistes to perform
at the Complex in the evenings at the Open Air Stage to project and promote the
performing arts of the region. The facilities of the crafts village is also
being made available to private and semi government organizations for holding
programmes relating to cultural and socio-economic activities on nominal